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I received this email from the Rocky Mountain Institute today for Earth Day. Since oil dependency finances corrupt theocracies and is at the root of both global warming and vast amounts of human suffering, efficient and sustainable transportation should be a priority for every humanist–every day of the year.

Today, April 22, 2008, marks the 38th annual occurrence of Earth Day, and PBS NOVA is launching a brand new show titled Car of the Future that features Rocky Mountain Institute. In this special, Click and Clack, the "Car Talk" guys, will hit the road in search of a new breed of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles. Please tune in as they visit RMI Chairman and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins to learn about RMI’s work in the fuel-efficient transportation field. To find out when the show will be playing in your area, visit the PBS web site.

RMI has also been featured in the media in many other places lately. For example, MOVE team analyst Laura Schewel presented a paper examining the link between lightweight automobiles and safety last week at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. As a result, Steve Gelsi of Dow Jones MarketWatch interviewed Laura and the resulting story is available here.

Our staff are also contributing on a regular basis to blogs hosted by Yahoo! Green and Treehugger on topics ranging from water conservation to smart appliances.

You can always learn about when RMI is in the public eye by visiting our website. Updated on a daily basis, provides timely updates about what we’re doing, when we’re in the news, and provides opportunities for you to support our exciting work.

Also, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can access our Built Environment Team’s new microsite here.

Amory Lovins strikes a welcome balance between the clueless denialist/status quo conservatives and the hysterical peak oil doomers such as James Howard Kunstler. Lovins was instrumental in implementing changes to Wal-Mart’s truck fleet effectively doubling its efficiency, as well as convincing them to strongly promote the use of energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs. He is co-author of Winning the Oil Endgame, and he also gave a brilliant TED talk back in 2005 predicting some of our current energy troubles. In the TED talk, he showed how even at low oil prices of from $26-$50/barrel, there were vast profits to be made in changing over to a higher efficiency economy. Lovins is a tireless advocate for better living through sustainability and technologically driven changes.

This is must-watch TV.


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